2016 pro: Samarah Forster
Mambo Room Cultural Event Center
Samarah began dancing jazz, ballet and modern dance at the age of 3 but truly found her passion when she discovered swing and ballroom in high school. She went on to join The Catholic University of America's ballroom and swing dance team, eventually assuming the role of vice president. She then transferred to Christopher Newport University, where she earned her BA in Musical Theater with a minor in Dance in 2006. In 2011 she was in a severe accident that threatened to cut short her dance career, but she refused to let it slow her down! She is now the director of the Music and Theater Department at Oaktree Academy in Virginia Beach, performs as a singer and dancer with Magical Solutions, and teaches ballroom and swing dance at the Mambo Room whenever she can. She and her husband, Dave, are also expecting their third child this November!